The Buccaneers have to find their quarterback and be careful doing so.
As you may have heard, Tom Brady has decided to retire from the sport of football. Thus ends arguably the greatest sporting career we’ve ever seen, and the greatest career for a quarterback Bucs fans have ever seen and able to call their own. Now that Brady is gone, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are back to their norm of crippling uncertainty at the quarterback position.
Watching Super Bowl LVI, and honestly the majority of the playoffs, it’s blatantly obvious that you need a quarterback if you want to win in today’s NFL. The Rams got over the hump when they acquired Matthew Stafford, and the Bengals got to where they did thanks to Burrow changing the culture in Cincinnati. The Buccaneers now need to be extra careful in finding their next guy.
They certainly have options. This appears to be the one offseason where there are a plethora of passers, both young and old, that are reportedly available. Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Deshaun Watson look like the top cash cows in the offseason farm. Heck, there are even some clamoring for a Jameis Winston reunion in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers were able to acquire one proven passer, why can’t they do it again? Naturally, it has Bucs fans in a frenzy.
The problem is, the Bucs may not have the best roster to bring a new quarterback into, since they went “all-in” just like the Rams, but the point of going all-in is that it mortgages the future and makes it tough to “go all-in” again. The Buccaneers will be losing key pieces.
It doesn’t matter where you find your quarterback as long as you find your quarterback.
The Buccaneers can try and bring in another stud veteran quarterback, they can roll with Kyle Trask and see what they have there while being able to retain more pieces around him, or they can bring in a stop-gap option like a Jimmy Garoppolo type until Bruce Arians calls it a career and the new coach can then pick his quarterback to tie himself to.
The biggest lesson from the Super Bowl is that the Buccaneers need to make sure they explore their options and be cautious with their next quarterback. The playoffs and Super Bowl showed that you need a quarterback. Amongst all of the other lessons the Super Bowl the Buccaneers can grow from, this is the most crucial.